The ¨Politics, Citizenship and Equality" area at the IDEAS Foundation focuses primarily on research and political analysis, particularly in matters related to the promotion of liberty as well as true and effective equality for citizens. Paying special attention to the progress of political, economic, cultural and social participation, we generate proposals that contribute to debate, reflection and political action.
The staff of the area follows several lines of work:
• Political thought: new challenges and opportunities for progressive thinking in the current context.
• Electoral behavior: voting patterns and trends.
• Civic engagement: mechanisms that complement and enhance the quality of representative democracy, with special attention paid to the role of information and communication technology.
• Equality and social inclusion: the realities, necessities and possible improvements to social justice and the eradication of discrimination aimed at achieving more equality and social cohesion from an economic and social standpoint.
External collaborators with academic expertise are actively involved in these studies which are subject to methodological scientific rigor combined with the application of quantitative techniques and qualitative social investigation. Additionally, contributions from multidisciplinary working groups are integrated as a key element in various stages of research.
The "Politics, Citizenship, and Equality" area conducts studies and reports that contribute to policy design with the following objectives:
• Help the power structure become more proportional in order to ensure more rights, freedom, and equality to the citizens.
• Provide ideas on the matters of democratization, participation and social mobilization, incorporating the possibilities offered by information and communication technology.
• Propose measures to improve citizen’s rights and living conditions, that in addition to being innovative, rigorous and imaginative, are politically applicable to Spain’s reality as well as to the world.
The director of the IDEAS Foundation, Carlos Mulas and the President of the Spanish Political Science Association of (AECPA), Juan Luis Paniagua, signedan agreement whereby the PSOE’s think tank will take an active part in the XXII World Congress of Political Science.
At the symposium “15-m: a year after” Fernando Vallespín, Kerman Calvo, and Mariano Fernández Enguita have agree on urging the 15-M Movement to settle the dilemma of trying to find a balance between the highest level of political representation and efficiency when taking decision.
One of the major social advances achieved in the last years has been the advances made for the effective equality between men and women. But, this March 8, the International Women’s Day, is marked by the threat of significant regressions in this area.
Rubalcaba warns that the adjustment policies, the liberalizations and privatizations of the Washington consensus which were implemented in Latin American in the 90s and are intended to be transferred to the EU “only brought about unemployment, inequities and social unrest”
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During the plenary session of political leaders of the I Latin American Progress Conference organized by the IDEAS Foundation, Zapatero affirmed that globalization “is already our play ground and we must work to make it multipolar and not unipolar, which China, India the USA, Europe and Latin America playing the role of regional leaders.”
Madrid, March 2, 2012
No podemos negar todos los avances producidos en España en materia de igualdad y reconocimiento de los derechos de la mujer. Atrás quedaron los años de la minoría de edad para las mujeres, pues a golpe de Transición consiguieron salir de los márgenes de la historia para convertirse en dueñas de su cuerpo y de su mente.
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Si tuviéramos que describir con brevedad la situación económica de nuestro país, podríamos decir que la inversión privada se halla frenada por la falta de expectativas ...
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The internationalist consensus amongst social democrats is broken. By understanding the inherent tensions between global governance, national self-determination and democracy, social democrats can find new legitimation for an internationalism coherent with national welfare solidarity.
The recent financial crisis has not inspired confidence in our political leaders’ ability to deliver global justice. On the contrary. In North and South America and in Europe a large majority of the population feels that even though states have successfully saved the banking system, bankers are now renewing risky practices in pursuit of profits and awarding themselves enormous bonuses. This has occured against the longer term backdrop of a huge increase in the gap between the wealthiest 0.1% of the population and the middle class over the last 30 years..
The world has just experienced the biggest financial crisis since the Great Depression. Over 80 million jobs were lost worldwide. The United Nations estimates that as many as 145 million more people are living in poverty. Scores of countries have emerged from the crisis with weakened financial systems and huge public debts. These nations may be condemned to slow growth and insufficient job creation for years to come.
For the first time in history, the mainstream left has no progressive agenda. It has forgotten a basic principle. Every progressive political movement has been built on the anger, needs and aspirations of the emerging major class. Today that class is the precariat.